Literature and Languages research

Our research culture cuts across the disciplinary units of English, Modern Languages, Global Cinema and Religion, and foregrounds their intersections. We work within a shared set of research groups, bringing together outstanding researchers to develop their fields. Our wide-ranging expertise comprises creative practice and the study of global literatures, languages and cultures from the medieval period to the present day.


Research Expertise

Members of staff work within a broad and innovative range of period and subjects, including medieval, early modern, romantic-era writing, Victorian literature, modern and contemporary literature, as well as linguistics, multilingual colonial and postcolonial studies, global cinema, book history (including scholarly editing and publishing studies), gender and sexualities, Gothic studies, Scottish studies, creative writing, cultural studies, and literature and religion. We have an excellent record for winning project grants from external funders such as the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Carnegie Trust, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Creative Scotland, NESTA.

The Division is home to Routledge’s The New Critical Idiom Series (Series Editor: John Drakakis), as well as the 39-volume Stirling/South Carolina edition of James Hogg (General Editors: Suzanne Gilbert and Ian Duncan (University of California, Berkeley)). The following journals are edited within the Division: Literature and Theology (ed. Andrew Hass), Journal of Romance Studies (ed. William Marshall), Journal of European Popular Culture (ed. Cristina Johnston).

Subject-specific research


The wider relevance of our research is reflected in our wide-ranging collaborations, public engagement and partnerships. In conducting research we are guided by our policy on impact: to preserve and make public global literary and cultural heritage; to develop new vocabularies to enhance understanding of cultural values and practices; to inspire and educate readers and audiences outside academia. We engage in enriching collaborations with external partners such as the Africa in Motion Film Festival, the British Library, the Edinburgh Festival of Spirituality and Peace, the Scottish Poetry Library, the National Trust for Scotland, and many others.

Research culture

Opportunities for Research Students and Visiting Faculty

We supervise undergraduates and postgraduates in all areas of English Studies, French, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Religion and Global Cinema. Many students benefit from co-supervision across disciplines. Stirling is part of a Scottish consortium known as the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland, offering PhD studentships from 2014 until 2019. Stirling’s Claire Squires is Chair of the Panel Committee responsible for reviewing applications in English Language and Literatures. For creative writers we host the Charles Wallace Fellowship in Creative Writing and a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship.

Divisional Research Projects

The Division of Literature and Languages actively collaborates on a number of research projects. Take a closer look at our work

Contact us

Researchers, creative practitioners and registered postgraduates interested in visiting our Division should contact:


Dr Gemma Robinson

Research Director
Division of Literature and Languages
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